Patent Number: 6,166,738

Title: Methods, apparatus and data structures for providing a user interface, which exploits spatial memory in three-dimensions, to objects

Abstract: A graphical user interface in which object thumbnails are rendered on a simulated three-dimensional surface which (i) exploits spatial memory and (ii) allows more objects to be rendered on a given screen. The objects may be moved, continuously, on the surface with a two-dimensional input device.

Inventors: Robertson; George G. (Seattle, WA), Robbins; Daniel C. (Seattle, WA), Van Dantzich; Maarten Roderik (Seattle, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06F 3/033 (20060101); G06F 9/44 (20060101); G06F 003/14 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017